Artefact Design & Salvage


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Artefact Design & Salvage

This is just the sort of place that thrills me to walk into. After a wonderful drive with

vineyards and the occasional winery splayed on either side of the road, you take a right turn

just before the turnoff for downtown Sonoma or further Napa, into Cornerstone Gardens.

There are several shops and a great place for coffee or lunch with gravel underfoot,

corrugated metal buildings and factory lights, olive trees and rugged perennials…

it’s how Sonoma does country.

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Artefact Salvage is a place that has a point of view,

an aggregate of various artists, countries, materials, sizes, centuries…

Huge suspended grinding wheels alongside a mythical beaux-arts panel

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Marble, femininely French…

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Baby heads and NAP…of course they’d go together…

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American tableau…

Colonel Sanders and rusty iron wheels and weather vane…

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The namesake pediment back lit by mid morning sun…

Huge tin wrapped tabletops with massive carved cast stone legs

are laden with curiosities, cast iron rosettes and lion heads,

bowls of slag glass rock, succulent candles, tamarind bowls,

river rock votive holders and soap dishes, and a good selection of books.

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Myriad of interesting small items…

like these sliced Nautilus shell sections

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Closer look at those enormous tables and the view through the huge building’s belly…

industrial lights, driftwood, a Gazebo/Pavilion from Northern India complete with roof

(not shown). Crusty original paint in beautiful pastel colors. Early to mid 19th century.

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Outdoors there are stone fireplaces, statues,

scrapes of architectural salvage…

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Fragments from an old Philadelphia building that was  torn down

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One of many stately fountains…

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Pretty aqua colored, slightly less industrial cart

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Solemnly sentinel greyhounds grouped outside in the entrance courtyard

Huge (60″ diameter) teak scrap spheres and fountain in background.

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One of my “rescued” bits of architectural salvage safe at home.


Click Artefact Design Interview for the store’s fascinating history, with owner Dave Allen.

(click on TV screen to view) You might notice they visit an Erin Martin designed property

in St. Helena that I posted about here (look for the gilded Italian lamp and window pelmets)

to show places where the architectural salvage was used.


Artefact Design & Salvage

23562 Highway 121

Sonoma, Ca. 95476

(707) 933-0660

Artefact recently updated their website here

If you are wondering where “the hunt” has taken Dave Allen next…check out his blog on the site.

Completely entertaining, great travel photos, a must read!

Inspiration from the Top


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In May of 2008 I excitedly sent several friends a list of my favorite blogs.

It was incredible… this wealth of ideas and images, all at your fingertips.

After a year of inspiration I started my own. A little more than six months later

I’ve reached my 200th post, and am so grateful for all the encouragement I’ve

received from fellow bloggers and readers. I specifically wanted to acknowledge

and thank some of the “Grande Dames” of the blogging world who could easily

have been far too busy, but took the time to comment and encourage and put

me on their blog list. Cote de Texas, Paris Apartment, Designer’s Block

and Country French Antiques were at the top of that very first blog list,

French Blue and Velvet and Linen added on a few months later when they

started their blogs. In what I promise will be a rare self-aggrandizing stunt,

the following are some of the wonderful comments I’ve treasured from this

esteemed and  benevolent “old guard”.

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“Well, there’s this beautiful blog Trouvais. And she has a hedge of Lavender in her backyard.

It’s the most gorgeous…at first I thought it was from France. It’s her back yard and she harvests

her lavender and has this huge bucket, European bucket. And she puts her lavender in it on her

mantle piece. It’s the most gorgeous thing you’ve ever seen.”

Joni from Cote de Texas at The Skirted Roundtable

Thank goodness you have a pause feature on the SRT, Joni. I had

to transcribe every glorious word …we need to see how much lavender

we can squeeze into your yard next spring.

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Wow. Don’t you have a beautiful blog!

That bed with the painting behind it is gorgeous.   xo Brooke

I do believe that I love everything that you love:

Rococo, antique clock faces, barometers. That fantastic bird cage.

Brooke from Velvet and Linen

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I just found your blog via Claudia! I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT So much!!! It is the most beautiful blog

I have EVER EVER EVER SEEN!!! Thanks for coming over to visit me.
I can’t wait to come back! Your images and visions are SO perfect~~

Janet from French Blue

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A Beautiful Blog-Trouvais

Go and get an eye full of candy at Trouvais.

Di from Designer’s Block

Di was always my go-to blog for “the find”…and I’m so glad she found me.

Short and simple, but with a link to my Blog….Blogger’s gold!

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this is via trish at trouvais (another bonnie find full of eye candy, beware)!

she has pics from one of my favorite books, The Bed by Alecia Beldegreen (below)

and has become a new blog friend.

Claudia from The Paris Apartment

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I absolutely ADORE your blog! It is truly wonderful and sooo inspiring!
One of my favorites :)
Thanks for visiting mine!
Have a beautiful evening.

Shawn from Country French Antiques


You are all too, too kind. You all have been such an inspiration.

Thank you for making the path so enjoyable.

XO, Trish

18th century Swedish Style


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“What made the mansion so exciting was its very emptiness and the lack of objects.

Its décor and fixtures, such as tiled stoves, doors, mirrors and mural paintings, were of

the highest quality, however-this despite its location in the depths of the countryside.

The proportions of the rooms and the views of water from each window were, and still are,

captivating. From the wide floorboards to the lack of central heating, the overwhelming

impression was of undestroyed 18th century. What rapidly became clear was that the

house would not work as a permanent residence, but a repository for dreams that

we could indulge in our leisure time.

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Lars Sjöberg’s account of his discovery and forty year careful restoration of

Regnaholm, an 18th century Swedish manor house. An art historian and

curator of the National Museum of Stockholm, and author of several books

on Swedish style, his account of the Regnaholm restoration is inspiring.

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In the green drawing room the mirror is ornamented with roses around a pediment

in which two swans drink from a fountain. The gilded console table has a

painted glass imitation of Porphyry in its borders.

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The pine floor in the drawing room features a star shaped oak inlay…

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Late Gustavian sofa is decorated with green-painted griffins

and composition moldings glued to the wooden frame…

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Lars has been painstaking in his removal of more contemporary wallpaper and paintfinishes

from the walls and wood detail that crept slowly over the original 18th century house.

On the death of an aristocrat, his belongings were inventoried by law, so Lars has been

able to surmise furniture holdings of the original dwellers and carefully approximate them.

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Lars purchased the late Gustavian couches 20 years ago.

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The pier glass’s ornaments were originally antique verdigris green, touched up

a century ago with gilding, and awaiting restoration to their original finish.

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The blue and white rococo stove, made by Marieberg porcelain in Stockholm,

was moved from the reception room to the yellow drawing room in 1800…

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Lar’s daughter Lovisa slept in this white and gold painted Gustavian bed

with red cotton canopy. The green rococo chair was made in the 1760’s by

Stockholm cabinetmaker Olof Holm.  Oh, how I love this bed!

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My post Circular Logic here has photos from Ekensberg, another one of Lars Sjöberg’s houses

and Greet of Belgian Pearls recently did a post on Ekensberg here

Beyond the beautiful photos, what intrigues me is the earnest love

and dedication to a piece of design history and the commitment

to preserve it, wall paper layer by wallpaper layer.


The World of Interiors June ’09

Text by Lars Sjöberg

Miguel Flores Vianna photography

Itinerant Antiquing


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I love hitting the road on a beautiful Fall day, heading north to Sonoma County.

The hills roll green on either side, and just as I was enjoying Tchaikovsky’s

Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48

a flurry of birds burst into the sky and swooped together in a enormous circle…

just as the music soared…it was absolutely magical.

In about 35 minutes I rolled into of the most picturesque small towns in America.

Best know for being the location shoot for American Graffiti and featured in

numerous films and commercials here, Petaluma is bustling with cute shops,

great restaurants, my favorite garden nurseries, and wonderful antique stores.

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I first stopped at  Sienna …

Three floors are filled with French, Italian, and homespun American antiques…

The first floor has dramatic tall ceilings, and vignettes often take advantage of the

vertical space with stories that stack antiques and vintage finds to dramatic heights.

While most of the shop’s interior had a dim antique ambiance that had my camera

struggling for focus, the loft space on the third floor is flooded with natural light.

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How could the copper tub not catch my eye,

and the dapper child’s mannequin in front.

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Louis XIV style pared down, burlap taut canape, be-pillowed

with French mattress ticking tied in a soft down stack.

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A Louis XV style bed, tall leather riding boots and their vintage wood lasts…

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One of a matching set of Italian tole painted twin bed frames…

gilded French arm chair aloft,

and Belle Epoque style grand mirror

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Absolutely beautiful antique early 19th century Italian candelabras…

One less zero and I would have snatched them up!

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At every party isn’t there always someone that has to be the

center of attention?

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An old industrial style accordion file system

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Industrial meets Directoire…

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Architectural cast concrete, antique iron urns, a basket of frieze tiles…

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open daily 10-5:30

119 Petaluma Blvd No.

Petaluma, Ca.

(707) 763-6088

Decorative Art


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“The song of a wren echoed to infinity down the noiseless, empty

avenues, saturated with damp air and silence, with no obstacles to trap the sound

Honoré de Balzac, The Lily of the Valley

French Interiors

“Into this highly individual world, full of unexpected juxtapositions

and surprises, bold eccentricities and daring quirks, Madeleine Castaing

introduced her own imagined dreams…”

French Interiors, the Art of Elegance

Christiane de Nicolay-Mazery

Christina Vervitsioti-Missoffe (photography)

Paris Apt blog

Collection of antique fabric with same aged lime and teal hues…


The colors of aged stone, paints, lime…with a worn spectrum of blues…

Dripping with age and mystery…

Some things I post about are very precious, unattainable

inimitable…but they fuel the engine of my beauty searching soul

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In the winter bedroom floral garlanded fabric designed by Madeleine

Notice the swans on her bed….

upholstered in ivory satin and draped with white muslin à la créole

inspired by Josephine’s bed at Malmaison

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Swans at the base of a statute below a terrace at the French home of Madeleine Castaing


Antique fabrics from The Paris Apartment archives

Don’t have a source for top painting…if anyone knows please advise.

Beautiful Belgian style


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Greet Lefèvre of Belgian Pearls has beautiful Belgian style…

The second thing I love about blogging is meeting far flung talent like Greet.

In real time I get a design perspective from halfway around the world.

An interior decorator, wife and mother, together with her brother,

Greet runs a family owned business of cabinetmakers, for the fourth generation.

Through her eyes I can see her Belgium, and it’s absolutely beautiful.

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Running a cabinetmaker’s business, you can tell she appreciates wonderful wood…

Too many gorgeous photos to choose from in a blog just started last summer.

Greet takes us to Brussels antique dealers open houses here,

castle tours here, and here,  a comprehensive post on Belgian kitchen design here,

her orangery here ,and shows us her husband working on the roof

of their outbuilding here.


Brasserie Notarishuis in Belgium

She shows us the color and drama that add that extra edge to true Belgian style

A dedicated disciple of fellow Belgian Axel Vervoordt,

she is also an admirer of Lars Sjöberg’s Swedish style…

” an art historian and curator of the National Museum of Stockholm.

He is a well-known author of beautiful published books about Swedish furniture.”

More of post here

In addition to all her gorgeous photos, first person tours,

on the ground “reporting” on true Belgian style, Greet is a very supportive

and delightful fellow blogger…and a pleasure to know.